Ex-Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jermaine Jenas believes former teammate Harry Kane deserves to be starting regularly for Spurs given his recent goalscoring form in the Europa League.
Kane, 21, netted a hat-trick in the club’s 5-1 home win over Group C rivals Asteras Tripolis on Thursday evening to further his case to start in the top-flight, as Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado continue to struggle in front of the goal.
The England Under-21 international is still to make an impact in the Premier League this season, having made just four brief appearances for a total of 41 minutes, with all of his seven strikes coming in cup action, and Jenas believes manager Mauricio Pochettino needs to give him a chance.
‘What I like about him is his attitude. He has that poacher’s instinct and has great vision,’ he told ITV.
‘He deserves it. He’s worked hard, been on loan at places, learned his trade, and changed the game [against Asteras].’
Jenas, however, isn’t sure whether Kane should feature as the lone man up top, given his underrated creative skills when dropping deep but, after seeing him break into the first-team under Tim Sherwood towards the end of last season, is adamant that the tall striker can be a difference-maker at White Hart Lane.
‘I’m still not sure he should be leading the line, because if he plays up top you lose that clever element to him,’ he said. ‘You saw him slipping those great balls into Adebayor.
‘On goalscoring form, though, he should be playing. It’s pretty obvious.’